Vid: When you feel like you've just started to understand an Islamic worldview, and then your friend starts adding another....LOL (Thoughts on this below)
A topic for today...Let's talk about the "shifting" that often happens in conversations with Muslim friends. At times, my friends have shifted from a very Universalist view to Fundamentalist (everyone will end up in Heaven v. only very specific groups of Muslims will go to Heaven)... Sometimes from a Peace paradigm to Fear ("Islam brings me peace" / "I'm terrified of hell and demons")... Sometimes from a Qur'an-centered ideology to one that's focused on Animist and occultic practices ("This is my fate, all praise be to God" / "If I do what the witchdoctor says, I'll be safe")... and many more. ("Islam is the only true faith" / "I've been practicing Buddhist meditation...") Nabeel Qureshi talks about this in his book "Answering Jihad", which I appreciate. If you haven't picked up the book, one brief takeaway from it...When we encounter this, we should take hope. The movement between ideologies often suggests that your friend is trying certain approaches and finding limits or problems within them....Then trying others. This aligns to some degree with what the Bible mandates, "Test everything, hold onto the good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). When our friends begin to move in their ideologies, we can feel like the guy in the short vid above. Like, "Really? I thought we'd just figured out the premises we were working with." But I want to encourage us to be generous in how we think and feel. Accept that your friend is walking through a highly personal moment in their life, and they may not be consistent in how they feel, or what they say. Be gracious and kind. The work of God is an "enigma" and we should treat this moment with respect. Above all, remember to pray continuously!